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Every part of our lives are profoundly woven with a multitude of people, places, and information. We live in a world of instantaneous responses, gain knowledge on almost any subject at any time. Students can learn to draw, paint, weld, build and troubleshoot by watching master technicians in the comfort of their own homes. Some programs and faculty are resisting this change, while others are finding new ways to connect with our students on a human level as we navigate through issues in the educational, social, and political realm. How do art programs remain student-centered and adapt to meet the abundance of new information to stay current? This group will examine this quest for relevance as an opportunity to embrace new strategies that provide possibilities for artistic research and inquiry. Is it possible that this paradigm shift has (re)defined the arts and created a moment for art programs to develop new directions and methodologies?
This group will consider FATE’s Conference statement: “As foundational learning continues to shift and grow, we educators find ourselves reinventing curricular structures to suit the needs of our first year students. We’re in a state of constant flux as we tackle new methods of technique and concept-based learning styles.” Group members will identify ways to integrate ever-changing models, methods, motivations, and practices of contemporary art and design into our programs. By sharing our experiences, we’ll explore the possibilities inherent in visual art and design to communicate values that operate within the broadest cultural equations. Topics may include: opportunities curricula has to advocate for students; the use of pedagogy to affect change; strategies to assist students to bridge from learner, to artist, to citizen; project designs to help improve exploration, questioning, and risk-taking.
Continuing our conversation from TT10, this group considers the role activism plays on college and university campuses today. Considering the current political climate, it would seem that activism—from all directions and on multiple issues—will only increase. What roles should/shouldn’t—faculty play in these arenas? How do such rules shift from public to private institutions? Is there a space for neutrality? Is silence or complicity an obligation to preserve academic freedom? Throughout history art and design has played a role in both urging change and in shoring up the status quo - how should our teaching address the political power of creative voices? Participants are encouraged to bring specific assignments and readings to share with the group; one goal of this group is to exchange of ideas and project examples/exercises that help give faculty a framework for tackling a tough subject.